Speaking of Erika, her absentee ballot JUST arrived in today's mail, which we didn't get until 6:30pm. It had to be postmarked by today, so she won't get to vote now. It stinks, because she requested the ballot over fall break, so it had plenty of time to get to her. She lives in a blue state (Illinois), so it might not matter, but still. Look at this and you'll see that they DID steal the vote both times and that there's nothing stopping them from doing it again. Why can't they just be impeached, already?!
In other news, I really think I want to get my EMT certification this spring/summer. It only takes a semester (in contrast to a 'full' paramedic, which takes at least two years), is relatively inexpensive, and would be a 'real' job that I could do pretty much anywhere. The babysitting gig is in all likelihood not going to work out for the spring, and I still have no firm summer plans before our Channel relay, so I've got to get some sort of a job, and it would be nice just to get a 'taste' of the medical world. I wrote about this same thing here and here and here, all the way back to 2003, so it's always been at the back of my mind, but I just never ended up doing anything about it. But if I put in the time now, while I still have the freedom to do it, I have a built-in safety net in case no linguistics-related position comes through for me. And you know... I'm sure this is just the 'blues' talking, but linguistics really just isn't FUN anymore the way it used to be. I did waver, as a college freshman, between medicine, linguistics, and Spanish, and ended up picking linguistics, which I never regretted... until this year. It's not like I hate it or want to drop out or anything - I didn't come this far to NOT get the MA - but it's gone from being enjoyable and interesting to being a boring obligation. Maybe that's just a natural progression when you do something for a long time - maybe that's how most adults feel about their 'real-world jobs' - but I still think I need to see for myself that I didn't make the wrong choice at 18... and the EMT course seems like a good way to get a taste of another option without putting the rest of my life on hold. Otherwise, I'll always wonder.
Anyway, I'm still not sure whether I want to stay in Chapel Hill for the summer or go home to Florida. Actually I am sure: I'd rather go home... but that would involve subleasing my apartment for the summer, which might be more trouble than it's worth. Ah, well, we'll see - I've got tons of time to work that out - it's not even Thanksgiving yet.
But there are only 19 more school days! Can you believe it?!
Knock on wood, but school has eased up somewhat. I know that very very soon I'm going to be swamped with two final papers and a massive experimental phonetics project, but right now I'm enjoying the lull.